08 February 2019
The Book of Dust | La Belle Sauvage: Volume One and The Secret Commonwealth: Volume Two

1. The Book of Dust is a story in three parts. The first part, La Belle Sauvage, is set 10 years before the events of His Dark Materials, and the rest of the story takes place 20 years after that: in fact, 10 years after Lyra comes home to Jordan College after her adventure in the Arctic at the end of The Amber Spyglass.

2. The next volume of The Book of Dust, The Secret Commonwealth, will publish 3rd October 2019. Find out more about the new book.

3. Alethiometers, daemons and the Magisterium all feature.

4. The story will focus on some new characters, as well as an ordinary boy who eagle-eyed readers may have spotted in Lyra’s story before. With Lyra, he is caught up in a terrifying adventure that takes him into a new world…

5. Their tale is topical as it centres on the struggle between a despotic and totalitarian organisation that wants to stifle speculation and enquiry, and those who believe that thought and speech should be free.

6. Rather than a prequel or a sequel to His Dark Materials, Philip describes The Book of Dust as an 'equel' - a new story that stands beside his previous trilogy.

7. Like His Dark Materials, it will be released in three parts. Part One published on 19th October 2017 - 22 years after Northern Lights was published in July 1995.

8. The cover for La Belle Sauvage was illustrated by the extremely talented Chris Wormell, who specialises in linocuts and wood engraving, as well as illustration. Chris Wormell will also be doing The Secret Commonwealth cover.

  • La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One

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    A rich, imaginative, vividly characterised rite-of-passage tale - Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times

    WINNER- AUTHOR OF THE YEAR, BRITISH BOOK AWARDS
    WINNER- UK AUTHOR, NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS 2018

    A coming of age story like no other . . .

    Philip Pullman's magnificent bestseller is now in paperback, with new additional illustrations.

    Malcolm Polstead's Oxford life has been one of routine, ordinary even.

    He is happiest playing with his daemon, Asta, in their canoe, La Belle Sauvage. But now as the rain builds, the world around Malcolm and Asta it seems is set to become increasingly far from ordinary.

    Finding himself linked to a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua, Malcolm is forced to undertake the challenge of his life and to make a dangerous journey that will change him and Lyra for ever . . .

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  • The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two

  • It is twenty years since the events of La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One unfolded and saw the baby Lyra Belacqua begin her life-changing journey.

    It is almost ten years since readers left Lyra and the love of her young life, Will Parry, on a park bench in Oxford's Botanic Gardens at the end of the ground-breaking, bestselling His Dark Materials sequence.

    Now, in The Secret Commonwealth, we meet Lyra Silvertongue. And she is no longer a child . . .


    The second volume of Philip Pullman's The Book of Dust sees Lyra, now twenty years old, and her daemon Pantalaimon, forced to navigate their relationship in a way they could never have imagined, and drawn into the complex and dangerous factions of a world that they had no idea existed. Pulled along on his own journey too is Malcolm; once a boy with a boat and a mission to save a baby from the flood, now a man with a strong sense of duty and a desire to do what is right.

    Theirs is a world at once familiar and extraordinary, and they must travel far beyond the edges of Oxford, across Europe and into Asia, in search for what is lost - a city haunted by daemons, a secret at the heart of a desert, and the mystery of the elusive Dust.


    The Secret Commonwealth is truly a book for our times; a powerful adventure and a thought-provoking look at what it is to understand yourself, to grow up and make sense of the world around you. This is storytelling at its very best from one of our greatest writers.

    Reviews for La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One:

    'Fans of His Dark Materials will find themselves joyfully immersed in a familiar world . . . meanwhile, awaiting first-time readers is all the pleasure of commencing their own journey into this most captivating of universes at the very beginning of Lyra's story' Independent

    'No one else writes like Pullman . . . entirely worth the 17-year wait' Metro

    'A rich, imaginative, vividly characterised rite-of-passage tale' Sunday Times

    'High-octane adventure accompanies ingenious plotting' The Times

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